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How I Hitchhiked To Antep And Survived A Broken Spine

How I Hitchhiked To Antep And Survived A Broken Spine

The heavy rain has been beating the borders with Syria since early morning. We’ve slept in a small mosque in Iskenderum that night, but got kicked out by the police soon after the first prayer call and so we were already on the road that we call home when everything went down. We’ve been riding this wave of luck for months as a somewhat clumsy surfer, but somewhere deep inside, as cliché as it sounds, I knew this charm would…

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Northern Cyprus: Hitching & Hiking In Karpaz National Park – With Map

Northern Cyprus: Hitching & Hiking In Karpaz National Park – With Map

Karpaz National Park is a green needle sticking out from the northern part of the island of Cyprus. While Google Maps doesn’t show much when it comes to hiking trails in Karpaz (shame on you, google!), you can definitely hike there with success. I had no idea about how are the hiking paths in Karpaz (also called Carpasia or Karpass), but based on my experience with hiking the Lycian trail, I figured there must be some in the NP – and…

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Is Northern Cyprus Safe For Solo Female Hitchhikers?

Is Northern Cyprus Safe For Solo Female Hitchhikers?

Short answer: yes. When I told my mom I left my loving husband on the mainland in Turkey and took a ferry to hitchhike around Northern Cyprus on my own for two weeks, she got really nervous. I think she even lost some sleep because of it – sorry, mom! In spite of her concerns, I felt safe and happy in Cyprus. I enjoyed the culture, the people and the food, the landscape was beautiful and I even got to…

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Being A River: Women Who Hike Naked & Why They Do It

Being A River: Women Who Hike Naked & Why They Do It

Warning: this post talks about nudity, yes! If you are offended by female bodies, worried your parents might disapprove of you reading this, misogynist or simply a wanker, feel free to leave my site right now. I don´t think this post is offensive or unfit for young readers (there are no exposed butts in it anyway), but I am quite open-minded, so you (or your government) might feel differently. Ready Freddy? Let´s dive right in. Nudity is a double edged…

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10 Things I Loved About Girne (And One I didn´t)

10 Things I Loved About Girne (And One I didn´t)

Arriving to Cyprus from mainland Turkey means your first touch with the island will happen in Girne, also known as Kyrenia. That is not a bad thing at all as Girne is precisely the kind of village people struggle to describe without using words as cute and quaint! It sports a compact historical downtown, romantic harbour full of overpriced restaurants (hey, but looking is for free!) and a seemingly unattended tourist office which gives you the perfect opportunity to explore…

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Confused For Smugglers In Greece: How We Escaped The Cavity Search

Confused For Smugglers In Greece: How We Escaped The Cavity Search

If you are anything like me, you probably don´t have much experience with getting searched by police or other authorities. The closest I ever got to a detention cell was when I slept in one, back in the days of hitchhiking in Cambodia in 2013, but that was because they invited us to hang our hammock in there, even providing us with an anti-mosquito spiral. Apart from regular airport controls, I never got into a situation where an officer would …

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How To Prepare Turkish Coffee (And Avoid Getting Married)

How To Prepare Turkish Coffee (And Avoid Getting Married)

Let´s start with a nasty secret, shall we? Right on: I used to think Turkish coffee was blueh. You know, all the weird stuff floating in it and getting into your teeth…well, you get my point. Those were the times my only experience with Turkish coffee was the one at the buffet of the Poprad train station – and believe me when I tell you you don´t want to try that brew! (Or any other train station coffee in former…

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Local´s Guide to Communist Bratislava

Local´s Guide to Communist Bratislava

Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, is mostly visited and praised for its historical downtown, UFO bridge and castle. While these are certainly worth seeing, what about all of the history that happened in the second half of 20th century? If you are interested in how communism shaped the face of the city, you came to the right spot. In this article, I will walk you through the communist architecture waiting for you to experience in Bratislava and hopefully inspire you…

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Visiting Cabo de la Vela, Colombia: Practical Guide For Adventurers

Visiting Cabo de la Vela, Colombia: Practical Guide For Adventurers

Cabo de la Vela is one of those less crowded and more withdrawn places on the Colombian Caribbean coast, but if you have a sense of adventure and a spirit of an explorer, you should definitely give it a shot. The region of Guajira is culturally distinct from the rest of Colombia and the desert makes for a whole different experience than the rest of the Caribbean coast. The village has an easygoing vibe that captured me in spite of…

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How to Avoid Dengue Fever When You Travel?

How to Avoid Dengue Fever When You Travel?

How can you avoid getting dengue fever on the road? This question seems to immediately start bugging many who set foot on the ground of a tropical country, “tropical” in this context being loose enough to contain all the hot places where a “tiger mosquito” (the one with white stripes) can thrive. I would even say the dengue is haunting the minds of all the travelers who travel to hot and humid regions – except for those who have contracted it already…

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